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Photos: First look at Little Theatre Off Broadway's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
by Jerri Shafer - April 24, 2024

A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre-goers for over 30 years. The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names 'Audrey II' - after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II's out of this world origins and intent towards global domination!

Interview: Deon Releford-Lee of TINA: THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL at Ohio Theatre
by Paul Batterson - April 24, 2024

“People know me as this light, fun person. They have a hard time seeing me play a character like that because it’s so different from (who I am).” Deon Releford-Lee

Brittney Mack to Present PUTTING ON THE BRITT at The Avalon Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - April 23, 2024

SIX The Musical's Brittney Mack will bring her solo concert “Putting on the Britt” to The Avalon Theatre! Learn how to purchase tickets.

BORED TEACHERS Comedy Tour is Coming to The Southern Theatre in October
by Chloe Rabinowitz - April 23, 2024

Catch the Bored Teachers comedy tour as it makes its much-anticipated return to the Southern Theatre on October 25. Don't miss this hilarious event that's sure to delight educators and comedy lovers alike.

Review: RIDE THE CYCLONE at The Contemporary Theatre Of Ohio
by Paul Batterson - April 23, 2024

RIDE THE CYCLONE is more like an eccentric Tim Burton film than a John Hughes hug fest. However, the moments of genuine humanity and sentiment keeps the show from going off the rails.

AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER IN CONCERT is Coming to the Palace Theatre in October
by Chloe Rabinowitz - April 22, 2024

Avatar: The Last Airbender In Concert is coming to the Palace Theatre in the fall. Learn how to purchase tickets.

Review: BEHIND CLOSED DOORS at Shadowbox Live
by Paul Batterson - April 20, 2024

The Shadowbox motto is to do to skit comedy what Second City does for improv. To do that, it uses a simple formula: crisp writing and solid acting produce big laughs.

Amy Grant to Perform at the Palace Theatre in October
by Chloe Rabinowitz - April 18, 2024

CAPA will welcome Christian and pop music icon Amy Grant to the Palace Theatre in October. Learn more about the performer and see how to purchase tickets.

Interview: Lee Blessing And Joe Bishara of A WALK IN THE WOODS at Abbey Theatre Of Dublin
by Paul Batterson - April 18, 2024

“I wish A WALK IN THE WOODS did not feel as timely now as it did when it was originally produced. … This play illuminates the importance for each of us as citizens of the world to understand that there are many layers to foreign politics/relations.” Joe Bishara

Photos: First look at New Albany High School Theatre's PUFFS - High School Edition!
by Jerri Shafer - April 18, 2024

For seven years, a certain boy wizard went to a particular Wizard School and conquered evil. This play, however, is not his story. It is the story of the Puffs, another group of well-meaning, loyal wizards at that famed wizarding school, who just happened to be around for all of that evil conquering, too.

Interview: Olivia Noel of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Columbus Children's Theatre
by Paul Batterson - April 18, 2024

'(It’s) less of a character acting position and more of a ‘How can I make sure I’m conveying her story as authentically as possible while also keeping her ‘Disney personality’ in the mix?'' Olivia Noel

THE PRICE IS RIGHT LIVE is Coming to the Palace Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - April 17, 2024

The Palace Theatre in Columbus will play host to The Price is Right Live stage show. See how to purchase tickets!

Photos: First look at MTVarts' AUGUST WILSON'S FENCES
by Jerri Shafer - April 17, 2024

This sensational drama tells the tale of Troy Maxson, a former star of the Negro baseball leagues who now works as a garbage man in 1957 Pittsburgh. Excluded as a black man from the major leagues during his prime, Troy’s bitterness takes its toll on his relationships with his wife and his son, who now wants his own chance to play ball. Revived in 2010 starring Denzel Washington in the lead role. Innovative playwright August Wilson gives an unflinching look at the African American experience in the 1950s. Touching, funny, and occasionally brutal.

Summer Patio Series WINE DOWN WEDNESDAYS Returns to Lincoln Theatre for Third Season
by A.A. Cristi - April 16, 2024

Join the 2024 summer fun at Lincoln Theatre with their Wine Down Wednesdays patio series. Enjoy great wine, good company, and the warm summer nights.

Photos: Inside Dominion Middle School's THE MUSIC MAN JR
by Jerri Shafer - April 16, 2024

Students at Dominion Middle School traveled back more than 100 years (and trek west a few states) for their spring musical this year. Audience members sat in the expansive auditorium at the DMS building, 100 Arcadia Ave., to watch The Music Man Jr. Set in Iowa in 1912, the Broadway classic has been adapted for younger performers. The original first hit the stage in 1957 and went on to win five Tony Awards.

The Contemporary Theatre Of Ohio Announces Additional Title for 2024-25 Season
by A.A. Cristi - April 15, 2024

The Contemporary Theatre of Ohio expands its 2024-25 season line-up with an additional play. Stay tuned for more updates from BroadwayWorld.

Photos: First look at Hilliard Arts Council's CRIMES OF THE HEART
by Jerri Shafer - April 12, 2024

Crimes of the Heart is a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play by American playwright Beth Henley.  The scene is Hazlehurst, Mississippi, where the three Magrath sisters have gathered to await news of the family patriarch, their grandfather, who is living out his last hours in the local hospital.

Photos: First look at Bruce Jacklin & Company's THE WILD WOMEN OF WINEDALE
by Jerri Shafer - April 11, 2024

This joyful and exuberant, yet ultimately touching, comedy focuses on three women at crossroads in their lives—the Wild sisters of Winedale, Virginia. Fanny and Willa and their frustratingly quirky sister-in-law Johnnie Faye.

Review: CLUE at Ohio Theatre
by Paul Batterson - April 10, 2024

The script is filled with pratfalls, sight gags, puns and “Dad jokes,” but what makes this play work is the backstory and the personality given to each character and each role contributes something to the plot.

Opera Columbus to Present Immersive A MAGIC FLUTE EXPERIENCE: THE TEMPLE
by Chloe Rabinowitz - April 10, 2024

Opera Columbus will wrap up a record-breaking 42nd season with an entirely new take on Mozart’s final opera, The Magic Flute. Learn more and see how to purchase tickets!

Photos: First look at Olentangy Orange High School Orangelight Productions presents SISTER ACT
by Jerri Shafer - April 10, 2024

Sister Act, a feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film. Set in 1977, disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, and is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won't be found: a convent!

Review: Lending an ear to VAN GOGH'S IN THE ATTIC at Abbey Theater In Dublin
by Paul Batterson - April 09, 2024

Cooney’s script is much like a van Gogh painting. Some characters, like Erin, are created with intricate paintbrush strokes; others are fingerpainted in concentric circles.

Interview: Leda Hoffmann of RIDE THE CYCLONE at Riffe Center Studio One
by Paul Batterson - April 09, 2024

When she was living in Chicago eight years ago, Leda Hoffmann remembers getting a postcard from the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, encouraging patrons to see RIDE THE CYCLONE.

Photos: First look at Worthington Community Theatre After Dark Presents SPRING AWAKENING
by Jerri Shafer - April 05, 2024

Join WCT in Germany, 1891 in a world where the grown-ups hold all the cards, and a group of students navigate teenage self-discovery and coming of age anxiety in a powerful celebration of youth and rebellion. Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with a poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable. This musical is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock and roll that is sure to exhilarate audiences!

Photos: First look at Gallery Players' THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK
by Jerri Shafer - April 05, 2024

Anne Frank emerges from history a living, lyrical, intensely gifted young girl, who confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty, wit, and determination. An impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence—their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief.


Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame in Columbus Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame
CCT (4/26 - 5/5) Tracker
A Walk in the Woods in Columbus A Walk in the Woods
Abbey Theater of Dublin (5/17 - 5/19)
Young Frankenstein in Columbus Young Frankenstein
Pickerington Community Theatre (7/12 - 7/21)
Hypnosis The Show with Gregg Pruitt in Columbus Hypnosis The Show with Gregg Pruitt
The Avalon Theatre (4/26 - 4/26)
Peace Within the Storm in Columbus Peace Within the Storm
Columbus Performing Arts Center Van Fleet Theatre (7/5 - 7/7)
Hair in Columbus Hair
The Garden Theater (5/9 - 6/9)
'night, Mother in Columbus 'night, Mother
eMBer Women's Theatre (4/19 - 5/4)
Brittney Mack - Putting on the Britt in Columbus Brittney Mack - Putting on the Britt
The Avalon Theatre (5/24 - 5/24)

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